With his KO win over Frank Mir last week, Fedor Emelianenko advanced to the next round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. In the next round, Fedor is scheduled to face ‘The American Gangster’ Chael Sonnen, in a fight that is anticipated to be one of the biggest for the Bellator promotion in the history of their promoting events.
Sonnen who has his own podcast put some interesting ideas in peoples heads about the legitimacy of Fedor’s infamous run in Japan where he went undefeated for more than 10 years. Sonnen went so far as to suggest that many of the fights had a ‘fix’ involved. While this is some accusation, Sonnen himself has fallen accused of this same history with his fight against Tito Ortiz–though firmly denying the claims. Sonnen who is one of the sports most infamous heels after notoriously taunting Anderson Silva and others in the build up to the fight through the media went on to say; “I don’t accept your wins in Japan,” Sonnen said of Fedor (transcribed by Jim Edwards for MMANytt). “The referee was wearing an earpiece, you never had a weigh-in, you never had a commission. Anyone that came over from Japan to America has a losing record. Why? I’ll tell you because the fights over here are real and they are fixed in Japan.”
You got a whole lot of rub and a whole lot of money out of doing fake fights, that pisses me off as a fan who bought those fights and that later found out I was buying wrasslin’.”
“Fedor would greatly be offended if I said that he had a fake fight,” Sonnen said. “I have said this to [Mirko] “Cro Cop” [Filipovic] who was offended, he couldn’t believe that I said it. Wanderlei Silva couldn’t believe I said it, that guy is crazy.”
“The guy that is going to go over in professional wrestling will sit down in the same room as the guy that’s going to put him over and then work out the match. What they did in Japan was they only told one guy. So the guys that were going to win, your Cro Cop’s, your Wanderlei’s, your Fedor’s, they were never in the room when the guy that was your promoter, also known as the Yakuza, also known as the Japanese mafia, walks in the room and tells the opponent when to go down.”
“So when the guy goes down, the winner, Cro Cop, Wanderlei, Fedor, just for example, really thinks they won. So they don’t know that the fix is in. Pretty soon they really think they can go beat 20 something guys in a row.”
“I don’t deny the guy has got skills, I don’t deny that he’s big and powerful and all these things,” Sonnen said. “I’m not pissing on his skills at all. I’m just telling you that when I think about him it’s very hard to go out and study him because his fights were fake in Japan. His opponent was told when to go down.”